Here’s an acoustic version of a cool new song but I’ll let Brandy tell you in her own words:
Recorded on the dark waters of False Creek in BJB’s houseboat ‘Caleuche’. This acoustic configuration includes John, Brandy and introducing Greg (on mando). It will be debuted tomorrow at the Fairview show. Enjoy young colts and fillies!
BATTERED BONES – Long celebrated for its great live shows, this long-running trio could be accused in the past of sometimes crafting songs to suit the guitar solos. Not on this 11-track disc. From the moody surf/blues opener I Don’t Believe to the near-cabaret of the instrumental title tune, the songs showcase a range beyond the hot rod garage-a-billy hardcore fan base faves. Bassist Brandy Bones has a high, lonesome singing style that blends with Big John’s gravelly baritone extremely well – at the Fairview, Friday, 9 p.m. – Stuart Derdeyn, The Province
For our first show since the Battered Bones tour we are playing with two awesome bands in Vancouver. First band up will be Cornshed who are quickly becoming Canadiana favorites in Vancouver’s roots scene and who have been touring all over the West Coast. The Wages of Sin are the celebrated sons (and daughters) of Seattle’s Celtic Punk scene. Led by Jesse (ex- of the Spectres) they have been longtime conspirators with BJB.
For the first time Bates will be adding mandolin to their sound for this show – as well as a set built from Battered Bones and Headless Fowl. Plus they’re going to throw in a couple of new songs and a few old covers to keep you on your feet all night long. Get gussied up and come on down – the music will be great all night long.
So …. we decided it was time to stick around Vancouver and work on new songs. For the first time in like a decade we aren’t touring in spring and it is bloody strange. We do have some shows in BC and Washington coming up with our Celtic friends the Wages of Sin. And we have a few new tricks up our sleeves – we’re working with a few multi-instrumentalists (mandolin, banjo, concertina) to get all of the sounds you’ve heard on the records onto the stage.
We uploaded a few new songs to our YouTube channel from Battered Bones – these ones are straight out of bat country as Hunter would say; here’s one with a Spanish bite that’s got a nice psych punch to it … Circadian Rhythm
Hey we're glad you made it to 2013 - the train's still on the rails! We're taking some time to write some more songs, maybe record a new 7". Then a couple of shows in May (with our friends the Wages of Sin from Seattle) - Vancouver @ the Fairview May 10 and Bellingham @ the Shakedown May 11.
Until then here's a little sumpthin for ya:
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Firstly thanks to everyone for coming out to the shows! We’re stoked on the response to our “Americana Noir” style pioneered on our 2012 albums – and we love to play it live.
Secondly we’re working on Plan 13 with a return to Europe and a limited edition 7″ called “Stay The Course” with a nautical theme. After that North America & beyond. 2013 is gonna rock.
BjB in Berlin
Now about 2012. Some people came and some went. Sadly we lost our producer Todd Simko (rip) less than a week after we finished recording the final song for Battered Bones. We miss him every day. While we were waiting for JT to get his health back we were lucky enough to have our friends Tim & Bill sit in and drum with us for a few tours. We tried out touring as a quartet but went back to a trio after the USA leg. The next day (following our first ever show in Newfoundland which is awesome!) we got rated one of the top 3 bands to ever play HPX (Halifax Pop Explosion).
In Spring we released Headless Fowl and Jello Biafra himself dropped us a line saying he thought the record was intensely cool. To add some sparks to the fire we shot the Amerkin video with Hora Morior where Director Chris Ray proved himself astonishing. We also toured with Murder By Death; the best part is the friendships that remained after the dates were done. In summer we played with Slim Cessna – a great experience because a good friend of mine -Big Bad Bob- plays keys and slide with Slim. BBB also mixed and mastered both of our 2012 albums and brought us into his signature Denver sound.
In Fall we released Battered Bones on Rookie Records, an album Brandy & I have been working on for two years. To accompany that release Chris and Hora Morior took one of Brandy’s ideas and we filmed Taste the Barrel out in the desert for two days, forging more lasting friendships. Then Brandy, JT & I hit 8 countries in three months, did 60 shows & sold tons of records. Plus we got to see old friends in Europe that we haven’t busted shit up with in two years. Onward ho!